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5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 24 Jul 2019

Today, all over the world, there are men, women, and children whose basic human rights are not being honored or sufficiently met. There are families who go to bed hungry, entire communities without a clean source of water, and children being sold into slavery by traffickers trying to make some money.

As unsettling as this reality is, there is some good news! There are countless organizations worldwide working to meet the needs provide a glimmer of hope to those individuals who need it most. These organizations rely on the time and effort of dedicated men and women to keep their work sustainable.

If you have a passion for helping people and human rights issues light a fire in your heart, check out these incredible opportunities to learn, travel, and grow your human rights career, all while making a difference for those in need!

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

  1. Guatemala: Human Rights Project

The Maya indigenous populations of Guatemala have been dealing with social exclusion for decades. A problem which began during Guatemala’s 36 year civil war, the Maya continue so be denied the basic rights, such as land ownership, given to other Guatemalans.

This internship provides the opportunity to work with local organizations to support the vulnerable populations of Guatemala by documenting abuse cases and providing community education surrounding these human rights issues.

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

2. Buenos Aires: Human Rights Professional Placement

If you are looking for an ideal career building internship in the human rights field, this Argentinian internship is right up your alley. This internship will have you working closely with those managing one of Buenos Aires most significant nonprofit organization.

This internship provides individuals with the unique opportunity to learn how to manage a nonprofit organization. Interns will also have their hands in the organization’s community outreach efforts, including equal access to education and healthcare. This internship is both an incredible resume builder and wonderful opportunity to serve those in need.

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

3. Tanzania: Human Rights and Legal Aid

Women and children are the most vulnerable populations in Tanzania. Historically, women in Tanzania were denied all basic rights given to men. Although today, women technically have the same legal rights as men, old habits die hard and Tanzanian women are often treated poorly by male family members, friends, and neighbors.

For those with a passion for supporting women’s rights, this internship aims at empowering women and changing societal norms. Interns will be working in nonprofit organizations to counsel and support women in need. They will also spend time in a Legal Aid clinic, helping to support and prepare women to present their cases effectively in court.

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

4. Ecuador: Women’s Rights Advocacy and Domestic Abuse Prevention

Not unlike Tanzania, Ecuador’s female population also suffers from gender inequality. Domestic abuse and violence toward women has become a significant problem in Ecuador.

This internship works to serve and protect women in need. Interns will participate in the day to day running of Ecuador’s first women’s shelter and work to educate the community on domestic violence. For those interested, this internship offers the unique cultural immersion experience of living with a local family. There is no better way to understand the culture and needs of another group of people than to live among them.

5 Incredible Internship Opportunities for Human Rights Enthusiasts

5. Cambodia: Communications and Fundraising Manager

For those with a background in business, communications or marketing and a desire to make a difference, put your talents and passions to good use serving the underprivileged children of Cambodia. One of the poorest countries in the world, many in Cambodia go without their basic needs being met.

This internship works closely with a nonprofit organization to provide food, free healthcare, and clean drinking water to children in Cambodia. This position would involve developing and implementing fundraising strategy, raising awareness and recruiting volunteers to continue the organization’s important work.

 

Not for profit organizations, such as these, are depending on the work of highly motivated and skilled interns to continue serving populations in need. Whether your passions lie with serving children or you have an interest in creating systemic change within the legal system, there organizations and opportunities for everyone. If you are looking for an opportunity to further your human rights career, add to your resume, and participate in meaningful, impactful, and life changing work, check out one of these internships today!

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Posted on: 24 Jul 2019

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7 Reasons Why You Should Consider An International Internship

7 Reasons to do an international internship


By: Mikayla Colthirst-Reid | Posted on: 12 Jul 2019

Companies and programs around the world are constantly recruiting men and women to join their teams and support their organizations by participating in an internship program. These internships are available in nearly every country and cater to all demographics and professional fields.

Popular amongst college students and recent grads looking for adventure before settling into a career, international internships offer the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, hone specific field or industry related skills, and explore and experience another culture and country.

However, international internships are not reserved only for early twenty-somethings fresh out of school. Internships are a valuable experience and have a lot to offer, even if you’ve already started your career. Whether you have recently graduated college or you’ve already begun building your career, there are both professional and personal benefits to interning abroad.

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider An International Internship

  1. Gain Professional Work Experience
    Whether you are new to your professional field or you’ve been working in your industry for a while, internships allow you to take on new and different roles and strengthen your professional skills. Many internships include mentorship opportunities in which the intern is able to learn from the expertise of others and receive helpful feedback.
  2. Increase Cultural Awareness
    Our world is more connected than ever before and it’s never been more important or helpful to have an understanding and appreciation for different cultures. International internships provide the opportunity to not simply learn about another culture, but to truly experience other cultures by immersing yourself within their daily life.
  3. Improve Language Skills
    Have you ever dreamed of learning another language? Do you work in a field, such as healthcare or education, that regularly puts you in contact with people speaking a different language? As anyone who has ever successfully gained fluency in a second language will tell you, the surest way to learn another language is to immerse yourself in an environment in which that language is spoken regularly. Interning abroad gives time to consistently and regularly practice speaking another language with native speakers.
  4. Strengthen Your Resume
    If you are currently job hunting or applying for a promotion, it’s important to find ways to set yourself apart from other applicants. An excellent way to become a cut above the rest is to take advantage of internship opportunities. This shows future employers that you’ve taken the time to invest in learning new things and honing your craft.
  5. Networking Opportunities
    Businesses are global. Companies often have offices in multiple countries, outsource some of their work to international companies or subcontractors, or maintain professional relationships or partnerships with other industry related businesses. If you are hoping to scale your career or having opportunities to work with high profile companies, it’s helpful to have connections with other individuals in your company or field that can connect you to job opportunities and help you navigate your particular field.
  6. Experience New Places
    For those who dream of traveling and have lists a mile long of places they’d like to visit, an international internship is a wonderful opportunity to see new places. While work days may be spent at the office, evenings and weekends are the perfect time for day trips and adventures. Being that many internships last 6-12 months, there is ample time to not only see all of the popular tourist destinations, but to enjoy the local favorites as well.
  7. Interning Abroad Is Fun
    It may sound too simple, but spending time living and working in another country is a lot of fun! From new friends and relationships to weekend trips and international cuisine, there is so much to enjoy while spending time interning abroad.

 

Regardless of where you are in your professional journey, it’s never too late to participate in an international internship. The work experience and networking opportunities are sure to bolster your professional career, and the relationships formed and memories made will last a lifetime. Visit our open projects page to see if there’s a placement opportunity that’s right for you!

Resources:

https://www.globalexperiences.com/blog/-reasons-to-intern-abroad
https://www.goabroad.com/articles/intern-abroad/5-reasons-to-do-an-internship-abroad

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